Friday, July 11, 2014

Exploring Rocks.

*It's summer. Not much time or attention span for writing. :) 
Here's some of what we have been doing over the last couple weeks. 

Investigating and Sorting Rocks.

Painting Rocks 

Sharing Rock Collections from Home

Collecting Rocks Outside

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Our Fairy House

On Tuesday we were still exploring rocks when half the kids were interested in building a fairy house. They decided that since you can use rocks to build fairy houses and they both are in nature, that it all went together. 

As if we need a reason to build a fairy house.

Fairy pool with diving board.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Hidden Treasure: A Metal Playground

Many years ago I attended a conference where Lisa Murphy of Ooey Gooey Inc, was the keynote speaker. I enjoyed her keynote so much that I ditched the rest of my planned sessions for the day and attended only her sessions instead. 

One of the things she talked about was the old metal playgrounds and all the childhood experiences that are being taken away, because of adult concern for liability.  She often posts photos on her FB page about "spicy slides" she discovers in her travels. 

I don't usually share photos from my personal time, but this weekend on a mini-vacation to Campobello Island, New Brunswick, my family and I discovered one of these old playgrounds. 

We had so much fun. 

"When we strive to remove all risk from childhood we also remove the foundations of a rational adulthood, and we eliminate the very experiences that will help kids grow up to be the empowered, creative, brave problem-solvers that they can and must be. 
-Gever Tulley. Beware Dangerism!

Full sun: SO hot and spicy! Didn't stop them and nobody got hurt. 

For extra risk... the swinging metal ladder. :)

The evolution of playground equipment has been to this ever safer, less challenging, less interesting assemblies of equipment.
Gever Tulley

My kids love finding these on playgrounds. 

The Giant Metal Seesaw

Giant metal rocking horse, which was great for cooperation and teamwork. 

The shorter wider, Toddler slide?

Even if it isn't risky, my kids will find a way to make it so.

"Real protection means teaching children to manage risks on their own, not shielding them from every hazard."
 -Wendy Mogel (The Blessing of a Skinned Knee)